THE COLLAPSE OF THE MIND'S ORDERING SYSTEM LEADS TO SOME RATHER WANTON DEVELOPMENTS
15 March - 16 April 2016
PREVIEW 12 March, 6-9pm
EXHIBITION TALK WITH HELMUT DRAXLER 31 March, 7pm

James Krone
Alexi Kukuljevic
Amy Sillman

Curated by Alexi Kukuljevic

PRESS RELEASE

To declare nothing matters, existence is absurd, life is a tawdry joke has an old-fashioned ring to it. Another Manhattan please. The untimeliness of such propositions is out of joint with the fashionable cynicism of a time that prefers its nihilism neatly packaged, its concepts ready-to-go and its formalism machine hewn. Nevertheless there is always room for the frayed-edge, a word gently slurred and an artistic countenance that assumes the meaninglessness of all endeavors with the stone-faced mastery of a Buster Keaton.

These works, like all works after all, declare their preferences and they prefer their form dissolute. All the better to align the imagination with those rare moments when the mind's craving for order is given a reprieve. Form, yes, but not formality. That is to say, form that remains imperiled, irresolute, negative. Negativism need not be bound to a willful negation (the perennial thumb in the eye). There are other ways of declaring one's suspicion concerning the mind's signifying habits. To dissipate, to impoverish: actions that deform a given. To work with one's mud, the psychic sink of the idea. Ideas need not simply prop the work up as the palm of the hand supports the thinking man's chin. The idea can enter into the work's tissue, its meat and we've worked hard to think with the full weight of the eye-ball — that bit of flesh that punctuates consciousness' relation to the visual field.

Indifferent to the directives of the index finger and the imperium it prescribes, these works evidence the collapse of cognition without suffering therefrom. Eloquently awkward, the works seem to say: signification is not the last word on the visible.
 
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EXHIBITION TALK
HELMUT DRAXLER in conversation with ALEXI KUKULJEVIC
31 March, 7pm

Helmut Draxler is an art historian, critic and Professor of Art Theory at The University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He will offer his thoughts on the exhibition at Kurfürstenstraße 156 in conversation with the curator, Alexi Kukuljevic.

Places are free but limited. Please book via Eventbrite.
 

'the collapse of the mind’s ordering system leads to some rather wanton developments'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'the collapse of the mind’s ordering system leads to some rather wanton developments'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'the collapse of the mind’s ordering system leads to some rather wanton developments'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'the collapse of the mind’s ordering system leads to some rather wanton developments'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



James Krone
'Es-Kim-Lays-Ear', 2016
Oil on canvas
200 x 100 cm
78 3/4 x 39 1/4 in
Unique
(KRONE-2016-0001)



James Krone
'Toom-Uhr-Ice-Un-Let', 2016
Oil on canvas
200 x 100 cm
78 3/4 x 39 1/4 in
Unique
(KRONE-2016-0002)



Alexi Kukuljevic
'The Genteel Guffaw', 2015
Styrofoam, spray foam, spray paint, kunsthartz dekor putz, plaster, wood, metal
127 x 70 x 110 cm
50 x 27 1/2 x 43 1/4 in
Unique
(KUKULJEVIC-2016-0001)



Alexi Kukuljevic
'Blaaah', 2015-2016
Wood, styrofoam, spray foam, glass, cardboard, cement
129 x 52 x 25 cm
50 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 9 3/4 in
Unique
(KUKULJEVIC-2016-0002)



Alexi Kukuljevic
'Blaaah', 2015-2016 (detail)
Wood, styrofoam, spray foam, glass, cardboard, cement
129 x 52 x 25 cm
50 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 9 3/4 in
Unique
(KUKULJEVIC-2016-0002)



Alexi Kukuljevic
'Lobe', 2015
Styrofoam, plaster, spray paint, glass, rope
62 x 25 x 18 cm
24 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 in
Unique
(KUKULJEVIC-2016-0003)



Alexi Kukuljevic
'The Starry Heavens Above and the Moral Rot Within', 2015-2016
Spray foam, cement, spray paint, wood, plaster, glass, metal chair fragment
122 x 108 x 103 cm
48 1/4 x 42 1/2 x 40 1/2 in
Unique
(KUKULJEVIC-2016-0004)



Alexi Kukuljevic
'Untitled (Drool #V)', 2016
Ink, acrylic on paper
102 x 171 cm
40 1/8 x 67 3/8 in
Unique
(KUKULJEVIC-2016-0006)



Alexi Kukuljevic
'Palate', 2014
Silver gelatin print
12.5 x 17.5 cm
5 x 7 in
(KUKULJEVIC-2016-0007)



Amy Sillman
'Pink Drawing #21', 2016
Ink and gouache on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
30 x 22 in
Unique
(SILLMAN-2016-0001)



Amy Sillman
'Pink Drawing #22', 2016
Ink and gouache on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
30 x 22 in
Unique
(SILLMAN-2016-0002)



Amy Sillman
'Pink Drawing #23', 2016
Ink and gouache on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
30 x 22 in
Unique
(SILLMAN-2016-0003)



Amy Sillman
'Reel of The Bathtub Drawings', 2015
Single-channel video, color, silent
1 min 24 sec
Unique
(SILLMAN-2016-0004)



Amy Sillman
'Reel of The Bathtub Drawings', 2015
Single-channel video, color, silent
1 min 24 sec
Unique
(SILLMAN-2016-0004)



Amy Sillman
'Reel of The Bathtub Drawings', 2015
Single-channel video, color, silent
1 min 24 sec
Unique
(SILLMAN-2016-0004)